New Year’s Resolutions for Aging Loved Ones and Their Families

January 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Happy New Year from AmeriCare Georgia!

The time has come again to set some resolutions as we enter a new year full of fresh beginnings and opportunities. With 2013 upon us, many of us take on resolutions, hoping to better our lives this year.  We at AmeriCare Georgia challenge you to focus on making resolutions that involve maintaining and maybe even improving your physical, mental, and social health.

New Year’s resolutions made together by a family can be especially important for the seniors. By helping each other, you each gain a greater sense of purpose, which can be very meaningful to someone who is growing older.

Here are some great resolutions written by Jack Cross from Wickedlocal.com to consider as you plan out 2013 with your aging loved ones. These resolutions will help keep you connected, in touch, and in tune with each other throughout the year.

  • Plan to eat regular nourishing meals- It is never too late to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Take advantage of this new year by planning to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, and encourage others to do so as well. Take weekly walks with your aging loved ones, and if they live far away, plan to take walks at the same time and talk on the phone!
  • Increase social contacts- Making new friends can be easy, no matter the age! Get involved with your aging loved ones in activities that will allow them to be social- like planning a small gathering with neighbors!elderly20ladies-11
  • Get tech savvy- Believe it or not, seniors are the fastest growing segment of computer users. If the seniors in your life do not yet have a computer, now is the time to expand their horizons. Communicating, trading pictures, and video chatting are all great ways to truly stay connected, and learning something new helps to exercise the brain.
  • Consider getting help if necessary- This resolution may not be fun, however it is important to set standards of care as family members age. Start forming plans within the family as to who will be responsible for what and available options (such as in-home care services through AmeriCare Georgia!).
  • Clean the house- De-cluttering is not a daunting task if done together. Make some time in the next few months to identify items that are no longer needed and arrange to give them to family, friends, or charity.

Involving your aging loved one in 2013 resolutions will help everyone involved reach their goals and create a common bond that cannot be broken! Happy 2013!

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